Serious Accident stalls bridge traffic

UPDATE 6:15 pm- On 04-29-16, at approximately 12:38p.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police responded to the Thomas Johnson Bridge for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash.  On arrival, units determined a 2009 Dodge Ram Truck was traveling North on the Thomas Johnson Bridge when a 2010 Mercury Mariner traveling South crossed the double yellow center line striking the Dodge truck in a head on collision.  Both vehicles came to final rest in the Northbound lane. 

The operator of the Mercury Mariner was identified as Robert E. Bolan a 47 year old from Summit, New Jersey.  Bolan sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash and was flown to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md where he is listed in critical condition.  The operator of the Dodge Truck was identified as Steven Smethurst, a 41 year old of Solomons, Maryland.  Smethurst was transported via ambulance to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital.  Due to the severity of the injuries, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the Bridge and conducted their investigation.

At this time, driver error, speed and impairment are being investigated as contributing circumstances which led to the cause of the crash.  Anyone with information may contact Sgt. Selkirk of the Crash reconstruction team at 410-535-2800 or

UPDATE 2:40 pm - The bridge is now open and operating normally.

UPDATE 1:10 pm - From the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office: "Due to a serious accident on the Gov. Thomas Johnson bridge, no traffic will be able to cross the bridge. Please use alternate routes."

Solomons, MD - Sources reported at 12:43 p.m. a motor vehicle crash occurred on the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge. The Calvert County Sheriff's Office reports the span is closed in both directions. Motorists should expect delays and consider finding an alternate route until further notice. Authorities report a helicopter is being requested for transport of an injured motorist. Further details as they become available.


Photos by Ron Bailey

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